Wayne Proproski CPA, CA
Tax Partner, MNP Regina
Wayne Paproski is a Partner with MNP’s Taxation team in the Regina office, as well as a member of MNP’s national Transaction Tax Services team. Drawing on 17 years of experience in public accounting and 15 years in tax consulting, Wayne delivers strong advice and tailored solutions that help ensure clients comply with ever-changing tax regulations and pay the least amount of tax possible. Wayne focuses on corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, succession, personal and corporate tax planning and estate planning. Among his key clients are private companies active in the oil and gas and agricultural sectors. Wayne was designated a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Danny Klinefelter is an Honors Professor, Regents Fellow, and Extension Economist Emeritus with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1979, where he was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow.
Dr. Klinefelter directed the Masters of Agribanking program from 1979-1982, until he left Texas A&M during the farm financial crisis. He was the founder and director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP), for 25 years, co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business Program and served as executive secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX) for 20 years. He was co-author of Coordinated Financial Statements for Agriculture (CFS) which served as much of the basis for the recommendations of the FFSTF (now the FFSC). He has been a member of the board of AgTexas Farm Credit Services since 2002 and is a member of several private company boards and advisory boards. In addition, he served as the chairman of the Advisory Board of Top Producer Executive network (TPEN), a national association of agricultural producer peer advisory groups.
In addition to his academic career, Danny worked in commercial banking from 1972-1976 and the Farm Credit System from 1982-1986. He is author or co-author of 8 books and over 600 articles on management and finance. Dr. Klinefelter received the Texas Agricultural Extension Services’ Superior Service Award in 1988 and 1992, The Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in 1997 and 2001, and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for both Extension and Teaching in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Klinefelter was named Honor Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2006. He has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Quality of Published Communication Award in 1987 and 2013, and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In 2009, the 25th anniversary issue of the Top Producer magazine listed him as one of the 25 people in the world who will have the greatest influence on the future of American agriculture. He received the American Agricultural Editors Association’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in 2010, which has been awarded annually since 1947. Dr. Klinefelter is the third Texas A&M faculty member to receive the award, the two previous winners were National Academy of Science member, Dr. Perry Adkisson and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug. In 2011, he was named a Regents’ Fellow by the Texas A&M Board of Regents. In 2013, Top Producer magazine named him one of 30 innovators who have had the biggest impact on agriculture during the past three decades and also listed him as one of 7 bankers and economists who have challenged the status quo. He also received the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Distinguished Extension Award in 2015.
Dick Wittman, past president of the National Farm Financial Standards Council, wrote about Dr. Klinefelter’s lasting contributions to society in his letter of support for Danny’s nomination as a Regents Fellow. He stated, “Most people know of Danny through his articles and work as the founder and director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers; but, there is another area in which his impact has been equally as significant. In 1978, he and Tom Frey developed and published the Coordinated Financial Statements for Agriculture (CFS). Following the farm financial crisis of the 1980s, the national Farm Financial Standards Task Force was created to develop a set of standardized financial reporting and analysis guidelines for agriculture. Those recommendations were published in 1991. Ninety percent of them came directly from CFS. Today, those recommendations have been incorporated in every major agricultural accounting software package, agricultural finance textbook, extension finance publication and the financial statement and analysis material used by almost every major agricultural lender in the country. Very few people have done something that transformed an industry. Only a handful can say they’ve done it twice.”
Chief Operating Officer, Hebert Grain Ventures
Jeff Warkentin has been the Chief Operating Officer with Hebert Grain Ventures since the spring of 2017. Before this he held positions with progressive responsibilities with various Agricultural companies including United Grain Growers, Pioneer Grain, Agricore United, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and Viterra. His designated management role with Viterra started with regional manager of special crops which included the management of people, assets and inventory for twelve processing plants across Western Canada and the Northern United States. This then moved into market center manager of grain responsible for sales and operations of five high through put elevators (excess of one million mT) and into the addition of agriproducts line which then included management of fifteen remote farm supply sites. Jeff graduated from the University of Manitoba with a diploma in Agriculture.
The skillset in industry allowed Jeff to then move into a producer operation role with Hebert Grain Ventures. His responsibilities include the human resources function, technology implementation, and grain and crop input price discovery for a 22,000-acre grain farm.
Founding Partner, Hebert Grain Ventures and Hebert Livestock Ventures
Louis Hebert is the founding partner of Hebert Grain Ventures and Hebert Livestock Ventures in Fairlight, Saskatchewan. Hebert Grain Ventures is owned and operated in a partnership with his son Kristjan. Hebert Livestock Ventures is owned and operated in a partnership with his son Kyle. Louis has been passionate about agriculture for his whole life, going out on his own to plant his first crop in 1978. The introduction of the next generation into the operations has added even more fire to his passion for sustainability and legacy.
The farms operate under a legacy vision of leaving the dirt, the financial statements, the team members, the community and the industry in a better state than the last generation. This drives the management practices focused on long term health, sustainability as well as profits. Louis has always been keen on Ag water management, implementing zero till to conserve water almost immediately upon its concept. Furthermore, proper drainage policies to improve efficiency and utilize resources to their fullest potential, all the while protecting surface water on the Livestock land for pastures, dugouts, etc.
Louis was born with an entrepreneurial spirit, a business focussed mind, coupled with a passion for family and farming. The unique combination has allowed him to strive for success by being progressive, but always focusing on the long-term strategy of sustainable practices and business health to ensure the farming operations could be operated for generations to come.
Managing Partner, Hebert Grain Ventures
Kristjan Hebert is the managing partner of Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a 22,000-acre grain and oilseed operation in southeast Saskatchewan.
In addition to his farming background, he is a CPA and has worked for MNP in a past career; he is the Chairman of Global Ag Risk Solutions and is a graduate of Texas A&M’s the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). Kristjan is also the co founder of the online platform WorkHorse Hub, geared towards solving labor issues in agriculture, and co founder of Maverick Ag Ltd, a business risk management and consulting firm focused on insurance and data analytics.
Danny Klinefelter, of TEPAP, refers to Kristjan as “one of the most progressive young farmers he knows”.
- Director of Strategic Projects, Global Ag Risk Solutions
- President and Co-Founder, Workhorse Hub
- Co-Founder, Maverick Ag Ltd.
President and Co-Founder, Maverick Ag Ltd. CFO, Hebert Grain Ventures
Evan Shout is the president and co founder of Maverick Ag Ltd, a business risk management and consulting firm focused on insurance and data analytics. He also sits as chief financial officer at Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a 22,000-acre grain and oilseed operation in southeast Saskatchewan.
Evan is a CPA and worked with MNP in his past career, having a specialty in large scale primary producer grain operations. He also was a shareholder in Shout Farms Ltd, a family grain farming operation in central Saskatchewan until January of 2014. His passion for the industry drives a calling that includes operational management of human resources, technology, data collection and financial and business risk management practices that will assist primary producer operations into the next generation of agriculture.
The goal is the change the face of financial risk management in agriculture. To leave the dirt, financial statements and industry in a better state than the last generation.